With its patches of color and gestural brushstrokes, this oil sketch on paper by the late Paul Chidlaw illustrates a preliminary, abstract study for a still life composition. The artist's hand and thought process are evident in the loose, expressive brushwork and free-form shapes. Taken from the pages of a notebook, this piece has two hole punches on its left edge. Float the work in a frame to appreciate its imperfections or overmat it for a cleaner look. It's marked on the back with the artist's estate stamp.
A student at L'École des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau during the 1920's, Paul Chidlaw had a varied and prolific career in the art world. He painted commissions for the WPA, became a revered professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and mentored luminaries like Tom Wesselmann and Jim Dine. He was also an early proponent of Abstract Expressionism. Chidlaw passed away in 1989.
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